Originally a small sub-system of sword drawing techniques created for officers of the Japanese Imperial Army, Toyama Ryu is now represented in various forms throughout the world as an independent sword art.
The art of Toyama Ryu has been completely subsumed into the Shinkendo curriculum under the authority of the Kokusai Toyama Ryu Renmei (KTRR), and consists of: Toyama Ryu Kihon Kata (the eight basic Kata), Toyama Ryu Jokyu Kata (advanced variations of the eight basic Kata), Toyama Ryu henka (advanced applied variations) and Toyama Ryu hensen (the study of the original methods and their technical evolution to the present time; Gunto soho, Battojutsu and Battodo/Iaido periods).
The KTRR emphasizes accurate, powerful and rapid deployment of the sword, combined with a strong expression of kiai. This spirit of training was how the art was originally taught to the students of the Imperial Japanese Army.
[Drawing by Amy Giles]